Apple Pillow Craft
Mmmm, around these parts, we love the taste of sweet golden Galas and tart green Granny Smiths. We decided to make fun apple pillows out of paper grocery bags for a fruity fall decoration.
How We Did It
I assembled our supplies for the craft, then had my kids cut open their paper bags so they would lay flat on the table.
Next, they traced an apple template. You can draw one free hand or type "free apple template" in a search engine and print one on your computer. I made mine with a file folder so that it was thick and easy to trace. Now, here's a tip so that you won't make the mistake that I did: Suggest that your child trace it once, then FLIP IT OVER and trace it a second time. That way, when you put the two sides together, they will mirror each other. I forgot this step. Don't worry, if you forget it too, you can do what I did: attach the two sides anyway and trim them to fit. More on that later.
Paint away! We had recently gone apple picking, and my kids said they were inspired by the colors they had seen on the farm. Look at the beautiful palette my six-year-old came up with!
Picking out paint is fun, so for the other side of her apple, she added turquoise, hot pink, and white to her palette.
My three-year-old mixed some colors together right on the drawing by swirling two brushes around, one with blue and one with a yellowish-orange color, which--he was proud to find out--made green.
He also experimented with dabbing paint onto the paper.
After drying the paintings overnight, we cut them out, trimming all the excess grocery bag from around the apples.
Next we stapled the two sides of the apple together, leaving the top open so we could put the stuffing in. My six-year-old can operate the stapler fine with supervision, but I did this step for my three-year-old.
Next we ripped newspaper into strips and crumbled it up into balls. They really enjoyed this step! Ripping and crumpling is so satisfying, isn't it?
Then they stuffed the crumbled newspaper into their apple.
It was a tight squeeze, so I helped the kids staple the top of the apples closed. We trimmed them a bit to make both sides match (see my oops in Step 2, above).
Ta da! Apple pillows now adorn our table centerpiece. They were fun and easy to make. My daughter went on to make a few more. I suspect we'll have quite a few of these before she moves on to Halloween decorations.